The Best Beauty Products Our Hip2Save Team Can’t Live Without
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We’re sharing our favorite beauty products, including MAC, Kiehl’s, Nivea, and more!
We’re ready for our close-up!
It’s always exciting to learn another woman’s secret to looking so flawless. To find the perfect products for your hair, skin, nails, and face, this huge roundup of our team’s absolute favorites should help!
1. I love to detox my skin with an Aztec Healing Clay mask & moisturize with virgin coconut oil.
- Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay – $7.99
Deep pore cleansing for the world’s greatest facial all at an incredible price?! Yes, please! Aztec Healing Clay is 100% natural & undeniably effective! Plus, it’s full of magnesium, calcium, and iron which helps release toxins and eliminate excess oil if that’s something you struggle with.
Along with myself, there are thousands of people (including my Hip team member Emily) that absolutely love doing an occasional Indian Healing Clay mask to keep our skin in check! Mix with some apple cider vinegar and you’ve got a match made in heaven!
You can read our full review of this Aztec Indian Healing Clay.
I also love using virgin coconut oil to moisturize, plus it’s a super affordable & unexpected option!
Calling all minimalists! It doesn’t get much more down to basics than some good old coconut oil. I was tired of using such expensive products and started to develop some dry skin & redness around my nose that I just couldn’t seem to kick.
Since coconut oil is packed full of medium-chain fatty acids that contain antimicrobial properties (i.e. great for the skin!), I figured it was worth trying! Plus, I always have some on hand and it can double as a cooking substitute so it’s a win, win.
I always fill a small condiment-sized container and keep it in my medicine cabinet so it’s handy each time I’m getting out of the shower. After a month of routine use, my dryness & nose redness had resolved and I feel so good about what I’m putting on my face now!
I could not be happier with what coconut oil has done for my skin and sometimes I even use it as a moisturizer for my arms and legs! It’s so versatile & inexpensive! #naturalforthewin!
Hip Tip: Did you see that I also used coconut oil to do a hot oil hair treatment and it gave me amazing results!
2. Michelle is obsessed with her favorite makeup product that nixes the dark under-eye circles with one fell swoop.
If you’ve got dark under eyes and nothing is seeming to make a difference, it’s time to take some more drastic measures such as a dependable concealer to totally change the game!
Never tried it? Luckily, they even offer it in a travel-size so you’ll never have to carry around bags again. 😉
Here’s what Michelle had to say about her concealer:
“Tarte Shape Tape concealer is the best thing for this tired, old mama! I can magically get rid of the dark circles under my eyes in one swoop! These go on sale a few times a year and I stock up every time!”
Hip Tip: Know all the tricks on how to save at ULTA year round!
3. Angela’s beauty tool works 7 times better than her fingers (& she can’t stop using it).
If you love taking the best care of your skin possible, this dermatologist-approved tool is a great way to apply any product to your face! It’s proven to make products work seven times better – as opposed to application with your fingertips. Plus, it works for all skin types, so you can’t go wrong!
Here’s what Angela loves about her handy beauty tool:
“A friend recommended this tool to me, and I can’t stop touching my face because it’s so soft when I use it. It can be used with any creams, lotions, or serums you currently use in your skincare routine, and it works so great!”
4. Kaitlyn loves this mascara for making her super straight lashes pop!
This award-winning mascara not only makes your lashes look dramatically longer, but it’s also powered by plant stem cell technology so it conveniently encourages & supports longer, healthier-looking lashes. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, fragrance-free, and is dermatologist recommended! Could a mascara even get any better?!
Here’s what Kaitlyn loves about her Thrive Causemetics mascara:
“This is my FAVORITE mascara ever! I have super straight lashes so I have always worn falsies, but this has been the only mascara to actually work and make my lashes pop!”
Hip Tip: Want a more affordable mascara? I tried this viral mascara on TikTok and it totally lived up to all the hype!
5. Brandi swears by Benzoyl Peroxide & it cleared up her cystic acne!
- Create Cosmetics BPT10 Acne Treatment Moisturizer – $22.95
- We realize this item is currently sold out everywhere, but it’ll be back soon so we recommend adding it to your cart to scoop it up as soon as it’s back!
This topical antiseptic is especially effective at fighting deep, painful, cystic breakouts. It tackles the bacteria both on and under the skin, unclogging pores & reducing inflammation.
While cystic acne can definitely warrant a visit to the dermatologist and likely a prescription medication, this is a less aggressive and much more affordable alternative that could potentially help your skin problems.
Want something a little more gentle? Brandi also loves the Create Cosmetics 3.1 Acne Treatment. She says it’s a little more gentle on the skin and lucky for you it’s in stock right now!
Here’s what Brandi loves about her Benzoyl Peroxide:
“I started noticing results with my cystic acne in just a few weeks and before I knew it, those aching cystic bumps had completely vanished! It’s light on my skin and not greasy at all! Although it’s on the pricier side, one bottle lasts me about 3-4 months. I love it so much and am so thankful I discovered my now holy-grail essential!”
6. Cass has a newfound love for everything from The Ordinary line.
- Buy it all at Sephora – $3.95+
When The Ordinary hit the market, beauty lovers everywhere were going wild due to the minimal ingredients, safe options for skincare, and all at a totally affordable price – it’s no wonder it’s Cass’s favorite product line when you follow a ten-step skincare routine!
Here’s what Cass loves about her The Ordinary products:
“I have tried all of their products and absolutely love this affordable line, however, my heart really belongs to all their skincare products! I follow a daily 10-step routine (extreme, I know) and I just love everything I’ve used.
I’ve even tried multiple versions of Vitamin C and Retinols/Retinoids from this brand, and I experienced no irritation at all which is such a big deal. I cannot say enough about these products and the prices are even better!”
- Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner – $5.39 (regularly $7.99)
Lina has been using this eyeliner for years, but what you may not know is that even Joanna Gaines uses this $6 tried and true liner! I’m already sold! 😍 By the way, we have a whole post reviewing some of Joanna Gaines fave makeup products here.
Here are some of Lina’s other favorite beauty products:
One of the greatest perks of shopping with MAC Cosmetics is not just the free shipping, but their Back-to-MAC program which can score you some pretty sweet freebies.
How does it work? All you do is shop at MAC online (their stores will be open again soon!), return empty, qualifying products, and once you reach six total returns, you can receive free lipstick! That’s an almost $20 value, just by returning trash! 😱
Here’s why Lina says about her favorite makeup:
“I’ve been using Revlon ColorStay liner for about 10 years and it’s the only thing I use! It stays on until you take it off and looks great all day long! I also love my tried and true MAC products – I’m a huge fan of their eyeshadows and lipstick. They also stay on all day and have amazing pigment!”
8. Emily’s favorite beauty product is her go-to foundation for acne-prone skin & includes SPF too!
- CC+ Cream SPF 50– $39.50
Full-coverage foundation AND included SPF without adding on separate sunscreen? Sign us up! This product is a #1 best-selling color-correcting cream, so we can see why this is Emily’s favorite beauty product!
The consistency is lightweight in texture and can be buildable so whether you want a light or a fuller coverage look, this can work for both.
Here’s what Emily said about her favorite foundation:
“IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50 has been my go-to for a foundation and as a concealer for the last three years. A small amount goes a long way! I use less than one pump and it completely evens out my skin tone and covers any redness or blotches. I lightly brush on a powder after applying because I have oily skin and then use the CC cream as a concealer to cover any blemishes. It lasts all day and washes off easily! Bonus that it has SPF 50.”
9. Amber loves her women’s gummies to help with thin hair & her face primer to achieve the perfect makeup application.
- Olly The Perfect Women’s Multi-Vitamin Gummies with Biotin – $12.42
- The POREfessional Face Primer – $32
Beauty starts from the inside out, and that’s something we might not often think about for our daily routine! A good multi-vitamin is a great start to better health, but Amber didn’t stop there – she also loves these vitamins to help build stronger hair and nails.
While Amber loves taking care of herself from the inside first, she also can’t get enough of this face primer which helps smooth her skin and prep it for the perfect makeup application.
Here’s what Amber said about her favorite products:
“I like to grab a multivitamin with biotin to give my hair and skin a boost. My hair is very fine and biotin really helps it grow a bit fuller. I tend to switch it up every so often as some contain more or less biotin. These gummies aren’t just good for you, but they taste great, too!”
“I love this face primer because it fills in the look of pores and smooths my skin which makes my makeup look so much better! I use it every time I put on makeup and absolutely love it!”
10. Skincare lover Emily can’t live without her foaming cleanser!
When you find a great face wash, you just stick with it! This has been Emily’s go-to for perfect skin and easily removing her waterproof makeup.
Here’s what Emily had to say about her favorite face wash:
“Aveeno Clear Complexion foaming face wash is the best cleanser I’ve ever used and have been using it for over 6 or 7 years now. Without it, my skin will develop tiny bumps and an uneven tone. It also removes all my waterproof makeup without having to scrub it! I’ve switched it out to other face washes in a pinch but I ALWAYS go back to this one.”
Emily also shared bonus products for saving money on doing her own gel nails:
Ever wish you knew how to do salon nails right at home? Emily says she saves tons of money by doing her own gel nails at home with an LED lamp and Gellen polishes, both from Amazon! People will be constantly asking who did your perfect nails!
Hip Tip: Check out this other way to do a manicure at home in just one simple step!
11. Erica loves this hairspray which gives her hair so much more volume.
- Paul Mitchell Invisiblewear Undone Texture Hairspray – $17 (regularly $20)
Hair that could use a little extra volume will love this effortless texture hairspray! This salon-quality spray naturally enhances any head of hair.
Here’s what Erica has to say about her texture spray:
“Holy texture spray that actually works! I love this spray so much! And since I don’t get totally ‘out the door ready’ often, one bottle lasts me forever. It’s worth the beauty splurge to have some awesome hair when I need it.”
12. Paige keeps her skin ultra-clear with her favorites Kiehl’s Facial Cleanser.
Kiehl’s is probably the most underrated beauty product line ever! That said, I may be biased since it’s also my go-to line for face wash! This classic face wash is perfect for all skin types, so you really can’t go wrong!
Paige also uses this Kiehl’s tinted lip balm with SPF in her daily makeup routine:
If protecting your skin from the sun is important, you’re going to love these beauty product recommendations! Not only are they all-natural products, but they work extremely well!
Here’s what Paige has to say about her favorite products:
“I have tried a million different facial cleansers, but I always come back to Kiehl’s! It is awesome! I also have the Melanoma Cancer gene mutation, so I have to be VERY careful about the sun. Kiehl’s has great SPF products that really work well and I make sure to always have their lip treatment on hand when I’m running out the door.”
13. Jessica has used this NIVEA face cream for over 15 years.
- NIVEA Creme 13.5 oz jar – $6.68
This rich, moisturizing creme is great for all skin types! Another bonus is that it can be multi-purpose and used all over your body, making this a total budget-friendly and versatile beauty product to have on hand!
Here’s what Jessica has to say about her face creme:
“I’ve used this for over half my life, and I cannot go a day without it! I put it on my face right after I get out of the shower, and it instantly makes my skin feel smooth and hydrated.
I’ve tried other face creams (they are either too thin and watery, or they burn my sensitive skin). Nivea is absolutely perfect! One of these jars lasts a really long time, too. Plus, it’s not expensive which is always a bonus!”
14. Collin has been using the entire Uncommon James new beauty line & she especially loves their Pineapple Peptide Nectar Vitamin C serum.
While it hasn’t been literal years since Collin’s love with this beauty brand started, her favorite serum from the line protects against environmental aggressors while restoring a youthful glow. She couldn’t be happier with it either considering her skin is normally super sensitive to everything else on the market!
All Uncommon James Beauty products are paraben-free, cruelty-free, petroleum-free, and phthalate-free – everything great skincare should be!
Here’s what Collin had to say about her Vitamin C Serum:
“I’ve truly never really had a skincare routine (not even face washing before bed 😬). However, things have changed since I discovered Uncommon Beauty products from Uncommon James! I’ve been using them for just over a month now and I’m definitely impressed by how much my sensitive skin seems to love their products. Their serum, which is my favorite product, is basically a magical serum that just makes my skin feel so refreshed every morning. I’ve also noticed such a gorgeous glow since using it daily!”
Hop over here to read more about all the products Collin loves from this beauty line!
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*Note that no one on our team is a beauty expert or dermatologist. It’s recommended to consult with your doctor first before using new skincare products.